Hatch Youth JR.

Hatch Youth Jr. is a new program launching Sunday, January 14.

For the last 30 years, the Montrose Center’s HATCH Youth program has been addressing the needs of LGBTQ youth between the ages of 13 and 20 in the Houston area. As just one indicator of HATCH Youth’s remarkable success, none of the program’s thousands of young clients has ever taken their own life. HATCH Youth is set to mark the start of its fourth decade by launching a new program, HATCH Junior, on January 14. It will serve children ages 7 through 12 and their families and is believed to be the first program of its kind operated by an LGBTQ community center in the Southwest.

For more information click here.


Join us for Hatch Prom 2017!

The 2017 Annual Hatch Prom will be held on Thursday, June 1 at Numbers, 300 Westheimer Street in Houston from 7PM-midnight. Every year the Hatch Youth participants come up with their own theme.

Introducing the theme for 2017: FOREST OF DREAMS 

The Hatch Prom is a tradition and rite of passage for Houston-area LGBTIQA youth. Imagine going to your high school prom and being able to dress like you want to, dance with your partner, and just be yourself! That's what Hatch prom is all about. You won't recognize the place because it'll be transformed into an awesome dance floor with a rockin' DJ, and tons of yummy food. We'll have a photographer there to take your photo.

As always, adults ages 21+  are invited to purchase tickets for $25 online or at the door and LGBTQIA youth up to age 20 and GSA sponsors are admitted for free! We encourage the youth to wear a costume, come in drag, gown, tuxedo, or whatever they're comfortable wearing (as long as it's legal!). There are also $50 tickets for the adult VIP reception (7-9PM) and opportunities to be a sponsor of prom. 

Click HERE to for more information or to purchase tickets to the Hatch prom

Prom is also Hatch Youth's largest fundraiser, and an opportunity for the community to earmark their gifts for programs that benefit LGBTQIA youth. This includes traditional Hatch Youth activities, as well as in-school programs (Safe Zones), and LGBTQIA youth homeless outreach. We thank our generous sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible!

Phoenix Youth

Phoenix Youth is a queer youth of color support group for ages 13 - 20

1st and 3rd Fridays of the month

Room 101

5 PM – 6:30 PM

DigiHatch: Comcast Supports Digital Literacy for LGBTQ Youth

DigiHatch posterComcast in partnership with CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers are reaching out to LGBTQ youth across the nation with grants to promote digital literacy. Hatch Youth's DigiHatch project was one such winner.

The project will engage youth by combining digital literacy instruction with LGBT history and heritage, as well as creative expression through a series of classes to held here at the Center. Over the course, each youth will learn to create a blog or website of their own, giving voice to their own opinions and perspective by incorporating original prose, poetry, art, graphic design or content of their choosing. Select volunteers and staff will lead the course.

The Comcast grant provides Hatch Youth with the necessary tools, equipment and connectivity. The equipment (computers, tablets and visual equipment) will remain with Hatch and allow us to continue digital literacy and creative programming in the years to come.

Though previous generations have gotten by with limited technological proficiency, it is an expectation for all youth who are entering or preparing to enter the job market. Not every person born in the "digital age" has regular access to the Internet at home, or uses it. A majority of regular Hatch Youth participants are from low-income households in which connectivity may be intermittent and devices to access it scarce, shared among the entire household, and/or low-performing. Others may overuse computers or spend an inordinate amount of time on one specific type of technology (i.e., gaming or social media), which can impact educational performance and create "blind spots" regarding other common technologies. Research suggests that variety and moderation of technologies is important to becoming digitally-literate.

DigiHatch Spring 2015 session starts January 25. To register, contact us by email.

comcast centerlink

LEAGUE Foundation Scholarships - Apply by April 30, 2015!

The LEAGUE Foundation provides financial resources for LGBT high school seniors entering their first year of college. Applications are due April 30, 2015 with awards distributed in the summer of each year. Apply at https://apply.leaguefoundation.org/

Watch Our Video! from LEAGUE Foundation on Vimeo.

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